September is National Bourbon Heritage Month and the ideal time to celebrate and enjoy the rich heritage of Bourbon in America by enjoying spirits from Basil Hayden’s Bourbon, Booker’s Bourbon, Knob Creek and Old Overholt. Beam’s Small Batch portfolio has something to satisfy everyone, and you’ll find these favorites are perfect for sipping neat, on the rocks, or even mixed into a cocktail.

0a9c1264ac4e253322471733d63c1d2b84517d52.jpgBasil Hayden’s Two by Two Rye (SRP $44.99) Features an intriguing blend of two authentic Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskies and two authentic Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskies, forming a well-balanced blended whiskey that’s wholly unique. Each liquid stream within the blend offers its own unique characteristics, working in symphony to pay tribute to the signature spicy and sweet flavors that fans know and love from Basil Hayden’s. The hallmark, sumptuous woody flavor of the two ryes are amplified by the rich caramel and brown sugar from the two bourbons, achieving a blend with a smooth medium body expression that pushes the limits yet remains approachable for rye whiskey fans and novices alike to enjoy.

Booker’s ® Batch 2018-03 “Kentucky Chew” ($69.99-$74.99) Like all batches of Booker’s® Bourbon, Booker’s “Kentucky Chew” was selected by Fred Noe to ensure it upholds the qualities and standards that fans of the brand have come to know and love. Named in tribute to founding distiller Booker Noe and his signature way of tasting bourbon, “Kentucky Chew” offers a sweet nose of dried fruit and vanilla. The taste is distinctively Booker’s with a robust profile that starts off strong but finishes sweet and medium-bodied.

Knob Creek® Cask Strength Rye ($69.99) – Features our biggest and boldest rye liquid yet, and lives up to Knob Creek Bourbon’s designation of “pre-prohibition style.” Aged for 9 years and stored in Warehouse A, the oldest standing rackhouse at our distillery, this cask strength straight rye whiskey, bottled at 119.6 proof, takes our award-winning Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey (named “World’s Best Rye” at the 2016 International Wine & Spirits Competition) to the next level as an ultra-aged, unfiltered rye whiskey with unbeatably big and full spicy rye flavor.

Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey ($29.99) maintains our approach to big, full flavor by bringing the delicious rich and savory notes of rye to life in a way that only Knob Creek can Named “World’s Best Rye,” in 2016 this versatile, full-flavored straight rye whiskey offers smooth spice in every sip.

Old Overholt Bonded Rye ($24.99)
As you know, Old Overholt is one of the oldest and most dependable ryes on the market. In the spirit of this, we’ve decided to tap into another great tradition of American distilling history – the “Bottled-In-Bonded” Act of 1897 – to bring you Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye, our first bonded release in over 50 years.


Basil Hayden’s® Autumnal Punch

By Charlie Schott (Chicago, IL)
Serves: 17

  • 1 3/4 cups Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon
  • 5 fresh Lemons, peeled and juiced (~1 Cup)
  • 2 fresh Ruby Red Grapefruits, peeled and juiced (~2 Cups)
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Earl Grey Tea
  • 1 Lemon (for garnish)

METHOD: Peel lemon and grapefruits and add peels into sugar, let sit for 2 hours. Bring water to boil in a sauce pot, remove from heat and add earl grey tea, steep for 3 minutes. Add sugar mixture to tea and stir until sugar melts. Let cool. Remove peels. Juice lemons and grapefruits, combine with Basil Hayden Bourbon and Earl Grey Simple Syrup.
Cover and refrigerate until cold. Serve in a small punch bowl with large ice cubes. Garnish with lemon wheels.


Knob Creek® Rye Creek Cup


  • 2 parts Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 parts simple syrup (equal parts white sugar and water)
  • 1 cucumber slice cut in half
  • 2 strawberries
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 2 ounces of ginger ale
  • 1 lemon wheel (for garnish)

METHOD: In a cocktail shaker, muddle a half cucumber slice, one strawberry, and a basil leaf. Add the Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Double-strain using a fine mesh strainer into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and lightly stir. Garnish with the remaining half slice of cucumber, a lemon wheel, half a strawberry and a basil leaf.